Ostinato of railroad rumble
in solitary candlelight
their glasses embrace
celebrating fate -
for chance meeting yesterday.
Broke, one had to go away
to find work; broke,
the other could not follow -
they toast their lips to sorrow.

Shuttered light of louvres
illuminates sad contentment of two lovers
for his uncertain return
and departure tomorrow
(and cats needing attention).
No parting parties of bars and boys
but to stay and hold, to look, to feel
in their little room, where world is holding still ...



For James D.